"That the Holy Week Services, together with a Service of Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service annexed to the Maundy Thursday Service be approved for publication in the Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series after further consultation with the House of Bishops."
Bishop Snowden read a letter from the Secretary of the Committee on Doctrine and Worship, addressed to Bishop Nock, requesting guidance relating to:
- Service of Renewal and Commitment
- Blessing of Oils
- Reserved Sacrament on Good Friday
Bishop Berry introduced Act 60.
That this House approve the inclusion of Deacons and Bishops in the Re-Affirmation Service, and
That this Service be printed separately from the Maundy Thursday Rite. CARRIED
The Doctrine and Worship Committee was requested to include a rubric or preface with the Service.
The Primate welcomed Archbishop McAdoo, Archbishop of Dublin, and invited him to address the House. Archbishop McAdoo spoke on the Lima Report and the ARCIC Report. He said that many of the basic concepts of the ARCIC Report are evident in the Lima Report, with the exception of Koinonia and the concept of substantial agreement.
Following Archbishop McAdoo's address, he joined in conversation with the Bishops, responding to questions and elaborating on some of the areas touched upon in his address.
The Primate thanked Archbishop McAdoo for being present at the meeting of the House and for sharing his expertise in this important area.
That Archbishop McAdoo's address on the Final Report of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission be circulated to the members of the House. CARRIED #2-11-83
[N.B. The ten page text of Archbishop Henry McAdoo's address is NOT included in electronic database.]
Bishop Berry reported that a Pastoral Letter is to be prepared and submitted to the Primate for distribution in early September, 1985.
It is to be stressed in the Pastoral that the Book of Common Prayer is the official Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Canada. Wide use of the Lectionary throughout the Canadian Church will be urged. All clergy and laity will be encouraged to look at the theological focus and practical instructions regarding how to take the Services.
That a Pastoral Letter be distributed to the whole Canadian Church in September, urging the use of the Book of Alternative Services, and encouraging study at the parish, deanery and diocesan levels of theological focus and practical instructions regarding the taking of Services. CARRIED #3-2-85
It was agreed that those Dioceses which have guidelines on the use of the Book of Alternative Services should send a copy of the guidelines to the Primate for distribution to all the Bishops.
Text of Pastoral Letter issued September 1985 (as in Official binder)
The Bishops of the Church send greetings to all our people as we begin to use the new official Book of Alternative Services, authorized by the General Synod of 1983 at Fredericton, New Brunswick.
We write to all our people mindful that the Book of Common Prayer is the official prayer book of the Church but that, in line with most of the Anglican Communion and with other Christian traditions, new liturgical forms are being used. New expressions of faith and worship relevant to our understanding of God's purpose in this world, and adapted to the communication needs of our age have resulted in our Book of Alternative Services which offers new possibilities and resources for worship and nurture.
The Book of Alternative Services has been approved after fourteen years of experimentation. It combines an ecumenical dimension of worship together with the Common Lectionary, which should be of great value to the whole Church.
We are aware of the need for the care and sensitivity in introducing the Book of Alternative Services into the life of the Church, and we ask the clergy to provide guidance and instruction on its contents and to encourage congregations to participate in its regular use and evaluation.
The opportunity is before us to use a new vehicle of liturgical expression and it is offered to the whole Church with the prayer that we might grow in faith and in the worship of God.
We commend it for personal and congregational use.
Bishop Nock reviewed the Paper from the Task Force and noted that much that had been discussed by the House in relation to Continuing Education is also encompassed in the Report.
Bishop Robinson spoke of additions to the Report which would be appropriate as a result of the Province of Ontario event.
It was agreed that Christian Initiation is a very important aspect of evangelism. There was general agreement that Christian education is in a state of chaos in the Anglican Church.
Moved by Bishop Ferris
Seconded by Bishop Stiff
That in response to the expressed will of General Synod, and the many studies and reports that have been considered, we request the National Executive Council and the Program Committee to implement, in consultation with us, the selection of a new national staff member to provide resources for new initiatives and support for existing resources in Evangelism.
Suggestions made in discussion:
- job descriptions and terms of reference must be clear, and the House of Bishops should be involved in their development;
- a general call of Evangelism should be issued to the Church, recognizing that the leadership of the Bishops is all-important.
Moved by Bishop Lawrence
Seconded by Bishop Short
That this Motion be tabled and become the first item on the agenda of the next sitting. CARRIED #12-6-83
Seconded by Bishop Wood
That the Motion be lifted from the Table. CARRIED #13-6-83
Moved by Bishop A. Brown
Seconded by Bishop A. Read
That we move into a Committee of the whole. CARRIED #14-6-83
Moved by Bishop Hunt
Seconded by Bishop Hannen
That Bishops Ferris, Conlin and Archbishop Nutter develop a composite motion to be returned later in this meeting of the House. CARRIED #15-6-83
That Spirituality be on the agenda of the Fall, 1983 meeting of the House. CARRIED #16-6-83
A request that consideration be given to the establishment of a fund to enable deans and their spouses to attend a Deans' Conference was received from the Provincial House of Bishops of Ontario. The Deans' Conference is held biennially or triennially, with one meeting being held immediately before General Synod. Deans who are able to finance their own attendance would do so and, where possible, contribute to a pool to assist those who are unable to provide their own financing.
Moved by: Archbishop Bothwell
Seconded by: Bishop Goodings
That this House endorse the principal of the Deans' Conference on a biennial or triennial basis, and requests every member of the House who is able to make a contribution of up to $500 to a fund to assist those who are unable to provide their own financing. WITHDRAWN
That the Primate appoint a small task force to consider a proposal to be brought before the next meeting of the House, after consultation with some of the Deans. CARRIED
That this House ask the Budget Sub-Committee of General Synod to include annually in the House of Bishops' budget a sum of money to enable the wives of bishops to attend and be part of a specific program during the pre-General Synod House of Bishops meetings every three years. CARRIED
Moved by: Bishop Payne
Seconded by: Bishop Bays
That the proposals contained in Bishop Payne's report be submitted to the Budget Sub-Committee. CARRIED
That this House accept, with appreciation, the invitation to join in the celebrations which are being planned to mark the 125th anniversary of Huron College in February, 1988.
The Agenda Committee of the House is requested to consult with Bishop Jones regarding the date of the event, bearing in mind that this evening is not to be the free evening. CARRIED
Correction "Resolution 7-10-87 should read `125th anniversary of Huron College' [not 100th] to be found in Resolution 16-2-88 "House of Bishops - Minutes of the Meeting of the House of Bishops of October, 1987 - Amendments" in HB Minutes of February 1988.